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Interesting Ways To Reuse Coffee Filters

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Here at the Cafe2U UK offices we – unsurprisingly – drink a lot of coffee.

An upshot of this caffeine addiction is that we go through an equally large amount of paper coffee filters.

So, in the spirt of recycling, we thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of great alternative uses for paper coffee filters.

Feel free to get in touch with us to suggest any more that we have missed!


1)    Shoe polish

Dampen a used paper coffee filter and use it to shine and polish dark brown shoes.

2)    Duster

Rinse and dry your used coffee filter, then you can use it as a makeshift duster to clean glass surfaces such as TV screens, computers, mirrors and monitors, as it won’t leave behind scratches or streaks.

3)    Compost

Just like used coffee grounds, you can reuse unbleached coffee filters as fillers for your compost bin.

4)    Protect Crockery

Are you moving house and want to keep your delicate crockery safe? Then all you need to do for peace of mind is to place the coffee filters between your crockery when packing them together.

5)    Wardrobe Freshener

Coffee filters can be employed to keep your clothes smelling fresh – just splash few drops of your favourite essential oil on to a bunch of filter papers and then add them to the tumble drier for a cheap and effective way to scent them.

6)    Cupcake Pan Liners

Just cut up and use paper coffee filters in place of cupcake pan liners – we’ve all got halfway through a cupcake recipe and then realised we are out of liners!

7)    Weighing wet food

You can use coffee filters to avoid making a mess when weighting chopped food on scales - just place the ingredients in a filter on the scale.

8)    Bunting

Celebrating a special occasion but don’t have any bunting? Fear not – just cut your filters into triangles and string them up. Why not paint, dye, or colour on them to make this makeshift bunting extra special!

9)    Disposable Party Bowls

Throwing a party but don’t fancy all the washing up? Solution: use paper coffee filters as a bowl to contain snacks such as nuts, popcorn and mini sausages.

Over to you

Have you ever reused your coffee filters in any of these ways?

Are there any other methods which we have left off this list?

Remember to get in touch with us – via email or social media – with your comments!

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